By Kevin M. Smith

Killeen Daily Herald

From boating to grilling, a mostly overcast sky did not deter Killeen area residents from heading outdoors on Labor Day.

Boaters were lined up Monday at a makeshift boat ramp at Cedar Gap Park on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

For some, the holiday was an extra day to go out on the water.

"As often as my wife lets me," Jason Stenback said about how frequently he boats.

Stenback was one of dozens who used the drive that leads to the submerged boat ramp. After heavy rains the first part of the year, Stillhouse Hollow is currently 21 feet above its normal level, covering the boat ramp and revealing only treetops on what is normally dry land. The boat ramp at Cedar Gap Park is the only one open due to recent flooding.

Stenback and others were out fishing.

"I caught two keepers," he said, noting they were bass.

Christopher Stoute, of Killeen, was fishing on the shore with his two sons and their friend.

"I always promise them we will go out fishing," Stoute said.

He said he tries to take his children fishing about once a month.

"Every so often on a weekend I bring them out," Stoute said.

They weren't catching bass like Stenback, though. Just mostly small bluegills and perches.

Others were at the lake for different forms of recreation. The Jones' put their boat in the water to do some wakeboarding.

Around Killeen, some residents went to local parks to grill food during their extra day off.

At Long Branch Park, employees and their families from about a dozen barber shops and hair salons in the area came together for a Labor Day festival. The event started last year when two shops met at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights. With rain threatening to spoil activities, the group moved its growing event to Killeen so it could use the large shelter.

Carolyn Brown, who owns Obsessions by Carolyn beauty salon, started the group's Labor Day get together. The group had activities like softball and a dance competition. The day of events ended with a barber competition.

"It's something we do and come together," said D. Horton, aka "Mrs. D" at Inspired Designs Salon and Barbershop.

Contact Kevin M. Smith at or call (254) 501-7550

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